Mandatory trans fat labelling a ‘must’ for Australians’ health, Heart Foundation call
March 2, 2015

Mandatory trans fat labelling a ‘must’ for Australians’ health, Heart Foundation call The Australian Heart Foundation is calling on the Ministerial Forum to reverse its recent decision to not make trans fat labelling mandatory. Australian Food News reported in February 2015 that Government Ministers at a meeting of the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation had accepted the advice of Food Standards Australian New Zealand that, given the low level of Trans Fatty Acids... ...Read more »

Government berry havoc as Barnaby’s Agriculture department responsible for testing inadequacies
February 23, 2015

Government berry havoc as Barnaby’s Agriculture department responsible for testing inadequacies The Australian Department of Agriculture has attempted to shift its responsibilities concerning the health risks of imported frozen berries onto Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), by formally requesting FSANZ conduct a review of the risk status of frozen berries. Federal Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce, whose departmental officers are responsible for all testing of food imports has... ...Read more »

Tasmania to encourage hemp crops despite Federal Ministerial forum’s hemp oil seed ban
February 2, 2015

Tasmania to encourage hemp crops despite Federal Ministerial forum’s hemp oil seed ban The Tasmanian Government has released details of a plan to introduce legislation which will encourage the growth of the State’s industrial hemp industry. The Tasmanian announcement came one day before the Federal decision to reject a lifting of the Food Standards Code ban on hemp as a food. The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation met last Friday 30 January 2015 in Auckland. Review... ...Read more »

Food Ministers take further action to prevent raw milk consumption
February 2, 2015

Food Ministers take further action to prevent raw milk consumption The Ministers who met last Friday at the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation have said they are “extremely concerned” about consumption of unpasteurised (raw) cow’s milk that is sold as ‘bath milk’, a cosmetic product labelled ‘not for human consumption’. The Ministerial Forum said people who consume raw milk were “at an increased risk of infection causing severe illness and potentially death”.... ...Read more »

Health Star Ratings and Food Standards Code revision get go-ahead from ministers
February 2, 2015

Health Star Ratings and Food Standards Code revision get go-ahead from ministers Government Ministers at a meeting of the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation have said they are ‘pleased’ with progress on issues relating to food labelling, including the troubled Health Star Rating system. The Ministers also gave the g0-ahead for the adoption of the new Food Standards Code drafted by FSANZ and due to be operative from early 2016. Health Star Rating System The Ministerial... ...Read more »

FoodLegal to run its most popular workshop in Sydney and Melbourne
January 28, 2015

FoodLegal’s most popular workshop is back in Sydney and Melbourne Back by popular demand, food law expert consultants FoodLegal will run more sessions of their training workshop on the Health Claims Standard of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. The FoodLegal intensive workshop, “Harnessing the new Health Claims Standard: Opportunities in marketing the healthy angle of foods”, addresses the new Health Claims Standard and how it is likely to affect marketing of products. The workshop... ...Read more »

FoodLegal’s most popular workshop is back in Sydney and Melbourne
January 21, 2015

FoodLegal’s most popular workshop is back in Sydney and Melbourne Food law expert consultants FoodLegal have decided by popular demand to run more sessions of their training workshop on the Health Claims Standard of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. This FoodLegal intensive workshop is about “Harnessing the new Health Claims Standard: Opportunities in marketing the healthy angle of foods” and addresses the new Health Claims Standard and how it likely affects marketing of the product. The... ...Read more »

EFSA opens caffeine finding to further scrutiny
January 19, 2015

EFSA opens caffeine finding to further scrutiny The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched an open consultation on the draft scientific opinion on the safety of caffeine that was presented recently to EFSA. The provisional findings of the Draft Scientific Opinion on the safety of caffeine from all sources is considered controversial by consumer and public health groups. Those findings included the opinion that single doses of caffeine up to 200mg and daily intakes of up to 400mg do not... ...Read more »

Dairy Australia urges FSANZ to accept ‘sports drink health claims’ for dairy products
January 12, 2015

Dairy Australia urges FSANZ to accept ‘sports drink health claims’ for dairy products Dairy Australia has made a submission to Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), urging the regulator to allow milk products in Australia and New Zealand to carry health claims for replenishment of the body following intense or strenuous exercise. FSANZ is the bi-national regulator responsible for the wording of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (Food Standards Code). The Food Standards Code... ...Read more »

Australia’s food agency approves new version of the Food Standards Code
December 17, 2014

Australia’s food agency approves new version of the Food Standards Code On 16 December 2014, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) released its approved version of the latest revision of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Food Standards Code). The new Food Standards Code requires only the approval by the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation and gazettal to become law. In releasing the proposed new Food Standards Code, FSANZ stated that the key goal... ...Read more »

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